Enduro-Trials Championship to Tennessee
Trials and Enduro News and the Trials Training Center are bringing the AMA Enduro-Trial Championship for 2010 to the Trials Training Center near Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 16-17. Enduro-Trial is an off-road competition which is designed to test the rider’s overall off-road riding ability by incorporating some of the technical riding skills associated with observed trials into an enduro racing format. The competitors will be timed to test their speed as they negotiate the course, and the course will include several technical special tests or “sections” intended to test the rider’s ability to negotiate difficult terrain including logs, rocky sections, and steep terrain. The top rider is determined by the low score from the combined penalties associated with the course timing plus the special tests. For 2010, the Enduro-Trial will be a one-event AMA championship off-road competition.
The course will be around 10 miles in length and will follow the general format of a closed course enduro, to be ridden 3 to 4 laps total, with riders starting at one minute intervals. The course will also include up to 5 marked “sections” to test technical riding skills; riders who fail to complete the section and are forced to bypass will entail additional point penalties. The event will include separate competitions for club level riders and for riders of championship caliber and will also include a separate course for trials bikes and enduro bikes.
The competitions will appeal to a wide cross section of the most skillful off-road competitors who enjoy a technically challenging course, and will provide an exciting and spectacular spectator event. Championship competitors are anticipated to include AMA Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt, AMA/NATC Trials Champion Patrick Smage, Endurocross Star and former Trials Champion Geoff Aaron, and GNCC Pro Jesse Robinson. MavTV will provide network television coverage of the events.
The course will range over the 600 acres of spectacular mountainous terrain, but all of the sections will be located within easy walking distance for spectators. The Trials Training Center has hosted numerous AMA national championship competitions, including AMA/NATC National Trials competitions, summer riding camps, and the U.S. Round of the F.I.M. Trials World Championships in 2006 and 2008. The TTC received the AMA Off-Road Promoter of the Year Award in 2006.